Pieter Claesz

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Claesz, Pieter


Born in 1597 or 1598 in Burgsteinfurt, Westphalia; buried Oct. 1, 1661, in Haarlem. Dutch painter.

Claesz worked in Haarlem. His “breakfast pieces,” or paintings of table settings, are noted for their simplicity of composition and modest subjects—for example, an earthenware pitcher, a herring, a glass, a quince, or a pipe. Claesz was the first master of still-life painting to value the monochromatic style and the rendering of the ambience of light and air. He recognized the importance of these devices in expressing the unity of objects and their environment.


Vroom, N. R. A. De schilders van het monochrome banketje. Amsterdam, 1945.
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Art works of Italian (Guercino, Leandro Bassano, Francesco Solimena, Lorenzo Bartolini), French (Jules Dupre, Gaspard Dughet, Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant), Dutch/Flemish (Frans Hals, Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt, Adriaen Brouwer, Adriaen van Ostade, Justus Sustermans, Pieter Claesz), German (Johann Heinrich Roos, Friedrich August von Kaulbach) and Polish (Jan Styka) painters are displayed in the museum.
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